This series of articles from the industry veteran Susan Toy is a must read for any new and aspiring author.
The following is an extract from a talk delivered at the Calgary Public Library in Feb. 2011.
Before I begin, please watch this video:
I’ve named these two characters Wannabe Author (WA) and Real Author(RA).
How many of you have ever said any of the things Wannabe Author says in this video? Come on, be honest. Okay, then, how many of you have heard other writers say any of these things? And, like Real Author, haven’t you just wanted to put them and everyone else out of their misery by ignoring whatever they say? Obviously, Wannabe Author is the least promotable kind of author. First of all, Wannabe is never likely to be published, so will be of little worry to the publishing industry anyway. WA is not listening to an experienced author, knows nothing about the publishing business, and thinks the path to…
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